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Editorial: Brisbane Rugby Tens good platform for Fiji Airways Flying Fijians

It was a big moment for the Fijian Giants (Tuwawa) side when they took part in the two-day Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Making
12 Feb 2018 11:43
Editorial: Brisbane Rugby Tens good platform  for Fiji Airways  Flying Fijians
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua prop Kalivati Tawake with ball during their final traning session at Churchill Park on August 29,2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

It was a big moment for the Fijian Giants (Tuwawa) side when they took part in the two-day Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Making their debut last week, the Mosese Voka-led side lost narrowly in all their pool games. They first went down 12-17 to the Brumbies, Hurricanes 5-12 and Crusaders 0-17. These were top Super Rugby teams who used the tournament to breed their new players as a build-up to the Super Rugby competition, which kicks off on February 17.

Rubbing shoulders with these professional Super Rugby players is definitely a boost for our local based-players who were assisted by Queensland Reds winger Chris Kuridrani, Greater Sydney Rams No.8 Albert Tuisue and Counties Manukau lock forward Viliame Rarasea.

Again, things like indiscipline, taking wrong options and individualism proved to be our downfall when we were within striking distance to beating the Brumbies and Hurricanes on Friday.

The performance of the Vodafone Fijian Under-20 first five-eight, Jone Manu, was outstanding and if he is given more game time at that level, the nippy playmaker should be one to watch in the future.

Manu was elusive and his lightning footwork saw him break the opposition defence a number of times. One of his many breaks resulted in him score a glorious try against the Hurricanes.

Apart from Manu, the other players who also competed well were Fijian U20 prop Eroni Mawi, Levani Kurumudu, Ifereimi Tovilevu while veteran prop turned hooker Vesi Rarawa showed that he is very much capable of wearing the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians colours again.    

This is something for coach Senirusi Seruvakula to work on because these players are now in the Fiji Airways sponsored-Fijian Warriors side for the upcoming Pacific Rugby Challenge competition. And later in the year a chance to represent the Fiji Airways Drua side in their second-year of participation in the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC).

There is no turning back for our local based-players as they now have a pathway to follow if they are to play for the Flying Fijians or secure a contract with overseas clubs.

The onus is now on them to make the most of it, that is, to work hard and maintain their discipline, if they are to make it internationally.

LEONE CABENATABUA

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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